Woman, 41, dies after taking small sip of wine from bottle laced with Ecstasy by drug traffickers in Belgium
- Unnamed woman reportedly discarded the bottle and collapsed shortly after
- Photos show the bottle’s branded cork had been replaced by a beige one
- She drank from bottle of 2016 Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon by Black & Bianco
A 41-year-old woman has died after taking a small sip of wine from a bottle laced with Ecstasy in Belgium.
The unnamed woman discarded the bottle ‘because it tasted bad’ and fell unconscious shortly after, prosecutors in Antwerp have said.
They believe the bottle of 2016 Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon by Dutch brand Black & Bianco had been tampered with by drug traffickers. Photos posted by the winemaker show the black branded cork had been replaced with a beige one.
The public has been warned to be vigilant with the wine and to alert the police to any suspicious bottles.
The unnamed woman from Puurs, a town 20 miles north-east of Brussels, collapsed after drinking the wine in December, reports CNN.
‘The bottle cork was not an original Black & Bianco cork,’ the winemaker said in a statement, ‘it is black in colour and with our logo. All our wine bottles also have the characteristic black capsule with a logo on the neck.
‘We sympathise with the relatives of this woman (who was the victim).’
The victim’s sister told Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad: ‘My sister was one hundred per cent against drugs. She was completely unacceptable with people who used drugs or walked around under the influence.
‘We also do not understand where that bottle came from.’